Merlino & Gonzalez June 2017

JUNE 2017

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LET US WORRY ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST

IN A MANOR OF SPEAKING

LAWYER, FATHER, FAMILY MAN

Introducing Ken Gonzalez

If there’s one thing that I want people to know when they work with us, it’s that they can count on a continuing relationship. At Merlino & Gonzalez, we don’t just help people set up an elder plan or trust; we guide people through issues that can be complicated and emotional. For us, it’s not enough to be industry experts — we want to make real, human connections with our clients. My dad is 92, and my mom is in her 80s, which means I’m going through the same process as a lot of my clients. I like to say that I’m on the level with them. I come from an incredibly close family, and I want the best for my parents. I mean, who wouldn’t? Making sure they are happy and cared for means the world to me, and I put the same passion into every estate plan we work on. Whether you’re having your first child or you’re ready to protect your assets from the high cost of nursing homes, or any stage in between, you can count on us to be thorough, compassionate, and forward-thinking. For a lot of people, the first time they need a lawyer is when they acquire real estate. That’s often the starting point for our relationships with our clients, but it’s rarely the end of it. Once you make your first phone call to us, our door is always open. If we can help you with something, we’ll do everything we can for you. Settling an estate or trust, for example, can be a long, protracted process. It’s a lot easier to take on, however, when you have an expert with you every step of the way. Whenever I can do something to enlighten people about complex legal matters, I feel what I’m doing is valuable. If somebody comes into the office worried, I want them to leave with peace of mind. Outside of my work here, I love spending time with my wife and two sons. Joanne, my wife, is an incredible mother, and our two boys, Ryan and Sean, never cease to amaze me. They play baseball and soccer, so watching them compete gives me a ton of joy. They love sports,

and I love seeing their efforts play out on the field. I play a little tennis myself, and like to think I’m not too bad. At any rate, it’s a lot more fun for me than going to the gym. Another passion of mine is travel. Our family has gone to Mexico a few times, and we’re going on a cruise pretty soon. These trips give us the chance to experience new cultures, taste new foods, and have new adventures. If you asked me for my dream destination, it would probably be the Canary

Islands. My family is from there, and I’ve never been able to visit. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to cross it off the list. As someone with strong family values, it matters to me that the families I work with get the best service they can. If you ever need to call on us, know that you’ll be treated with respect and care. We love helping people, and we never get tired of educating our clients on the ways they can provide for the people who matter most to them.

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